Calendar


May 28 – Texas DU Zoom Virtual Event beginning at 7 p.m. For information, please contact Mike Wilson (mwilson@ducks.org; (830) 221-8046) or Jason McKey (jmckey@ducks.org; (713) 471-8854).


June 2 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting and fly tying session from 6-8 p.m. at Sherman's Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital conference room. For information, visit www.rrff.org


July 7 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting and fly tying session from 6-8 p.m. at Sherman's Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital conference room. For information, visit www.rrff.org


August 4 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting and fly tying session from 6-8 p.m. at Sherman's Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital conference room. For information, visit www.rrff.org


Notes


While this Memorial Day holiday weekend will prove to be different than any other that we’ve experienced, the basic premise of the solemn remembrance remains the same. And that’s remembering the valiant sacrifice of U.S. military members to help ensure that America remains the land of the free and the home of the brave…From the Herald Democrat Outdoors staff, thank you to the families of U.S. soldiers who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom in America. May we never forget their sacrifice…The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted multiple changes to the freshwater fishing regulations package for the upcoming 2020-21 season at the Commission’s virtual meeting on Thursday, May 21. Among the changes approved include standardizing harvest regulations for blue, channel, and flathead catfish in the Texas and Oklahoma waters of Lake Texoma and on the Red River below Denison Dam…In Lake Texoma, TPWD is removing the 12-inch minimum length limit for blue and channel catfish, and for flathead catfish, removing the 18-inch minimum length limit…In the Texas waters of the Red River below Lake Texoma (from Denison Dam downstream to Shawnee Creek), in addition to the removal of the minimum length limits for catfish, TPWD will reduce the daily bag limit for blue and channel catfish from 25 to 15 fish…TPWD also is modifying the 14-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass at Cooke County’s Moss Lake, switching to a 16-inch maximum length limit…Down on the Texas Gulf Coast, TPWD is adjusting a few saltwater regulations too. That includes increasing the minimum size limit for flounder to 15” ...Several hunting regulations for 2020-21 were also changed by the TPW Commission. Changes include decreasing the daily bag limit for scaup from three to one in all duck hunting zones; decreasing the daily bag limit for light goose daily bag limit from twenty to ten during the regular season in both zones; shifting goose seasons (and light goose conservation season) in the Western Zone one week later than in previous years; and shifting snipe hunting season dates two weeks later than in previous years…


Fishing Reports


At Lake Texoma, water is stained; water temp is 69 degrees; and the lake is 0.94’ high. TPWD reports that striped bass and white bass are excellent on live bait and topwater baits when fish are near the surface. Diving birds are marking feeding schools on the surface throughout the lake. Largemouth bass are good fishing soft plastic creature baits, Shakyhead worms, swimbaits and crankbaits in 6-18’ of water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, marinas and brush piles in 8-15’ of water…While the largemouth bass spawn is mostly over on local lakes, there are still reports of a few bedding bass as the new moon cycle begins in May…At Texoma, crappie fishing has been red-hot this week for Sherman’s Larry St. Clair. He found great success and even boated one slab weighing more than two-pounds…At Lake Ray Roberts, water is stained; water temp is 72 degrees; and the lake is 0.30’ high. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastic creature baits, crankbaits, and swimbaits fished in 6-12’ of water. White bass are excellent in 20-40’ of water on slabs and jigging spoons. Main lake humps and drop-offs are holding good numbers of schooling white bass. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in the marina, around bridge pilings and over brush piles...At Lake Fork, water is lightly stained; water temps are 69-75 degrees; and the lake is 0.09’ high. TPWD says that largemouth bass are excellent on plastic worms, topwaters and Chatterbaits fished near roadbeds, submerged structure and points in 8-12’ of water. Hollow bodied plastic frogs are producing in shallow grass and lily pads. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows fished in 12-20’ of water over brush piles...At the Blue River near Tishomingo, the river elevation is above normal; water temp is 69 degrees; and the river is muddy. ODWC reports that holdover rainbow trout are slow as numbers dwindle and the water warms up. Look for trout success on in-line spinnerbaits, PowerBait and spoons fished along channel seams and near rocks. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are good on crankbaits, soft plastic baits and topwater lures fished around brushy structure, rocks and shoreline areas...At McGee Creek, the lake elevation is normal; water temp is 72 degrees; and there is no report on water clarity. ODWC game warden Jay Harvey reports that largemouth bass and spotted bass are good on crankbaits, Flukes and jigs fished around brushy structure, points and standing timber...As the summer saltwater fishing season approaches on the Texas Gulf Coast, TPWD reports a variety of success at Port Isabel. Trout and redfish are being caught in the grass flats, flounder are good on shrimp and mullet, and tackle busting jack crevalle are hitting live mullet…


Tip of the Week


Texas Ducks Unlimited is hosting a TXDU Virtual Event on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Ticket/donation levels start at $40 and go up to $1,000. The event will feature a live auction, various games, a virtual pick of the litter, and virtual door prizes. Included in the prizes to be given away are such things as a four-person Gulf Coast fishing trip, various sporting arms, a YETI cooler, a Traeger Pro 780, a Pakmule Cargo Carrier, a 150-quart LoCo Crawfish Cooker, various sporting art prints and decorative items, and more. For information on the Zoom event that begins next Thursday evening at 7 p.m., please contact Mike Wilson (mwilson@ducks.org; (830) 221-8046) or Jason McKey (jmckey@ducks.org; (713) 471-8854).